Department of Organization


Room: KIL/14.A-4.94

Signe Vikkelsø is Professor of Science, Technology and Organization. Her research interests lie at the intersection of organization theory and science and technology studies, and address the consequences of organizational tools, techniques, and theories. This includes studies of organizational change, organization of innovation, and leadership dilemmas with cases from healthcare and industrial production. It also includes an interest in the history of organization theory and its changing conceptual repertoire. Currently, she is engaged in a research project focusing on the role and history of the organization chart.Signe has been a principal investigator or core member of four externally funded, collaborative research projects and supervised more than 15 PhD students. She has practical leadership experience from acting seven years as Head of Department and serving in roles as Study Program Director, Academic Director, and Council Member. She is currently appointed as Named Person at CBS.

Primary research areas
  • Organizing principles
  • Organizational change
  • Organization of innovation
  • History of organization theory
Curriculum Vitae
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  • PhD supervision
Other teaching activities

PhD course: "Framing the PhD project: How to connect parts to a whole in a paper-based dissertation?"


Selected publications
  • Vikkelsø, S., Skaarup, M.S. & Sommerlund, J. (2022). Organizational hybridity and mission drift in innovation partnerships, European Journal of Innovation Management, 25(5), 1348–1367.
  • Irwin, A., Vedel, J.B. & Vikkelsø, S. (2021). Isomorphic difference: Familiarity and distinctiveness in national research and innovation policies. Research Policy, 50(4), 104220.
  • Du Gay, P. & Vikkelsø, S. (2017). For formal organization: The past in the present and future of organization theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Vikkelsø, S. (2015). Core task and organizational reality, Journal of Cultural Economy, 8(4), 418–438.
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Signe Vikkelsø; Mikkel Stokholm Skaarup; Julie Sommerlund / Organizational Hybridity and Mission Drift in Innovation Partnerships
In: European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 25, No. 5, 12.2022, p. 1348-1367
Journal article > peer review
Thorben Simonsen; Signe Vikkelsø / Organizational Space as Sites of Contention : Unravelling Relations of Dis/Order in a Psychiatric Hospital.
In: Ephemera: Theory & politics in organization, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2.2022, p. 79-106
Journal article > peer review
Thomas Duus Henriksen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø; Frans Bévort; Mette Mogensen / A Paradox Rarely Comes Alone a Quantitative Approach to Investigating Knotted Leadership Paradoxes in SMEs
In: Scandinavian Journal of Management, Vol. 37, No. 1, 3.2021
Journal article > peer review
Thomas Duus Henriksen; Signe Vikkelsø; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Frans Bévort / From Managers’ Practical Problems to Complex Understandings : Three Approaches for Understanding the Development of Management Problems.
Paper presented at 37th EGOS Colloquium 2021, 2021
Paper > peer review
Alan Irwin; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Signe Vikkelsø / Isomorphic Difference : Familiarity and Distinctiveness in National Research and Innovation Policies.
In: Research Policy, Vol. 50, No. 4, 5.2021
Journal article > peer review
Aixa Aleman-Diaz; Signe Vikkelsø; Jane Bjørn Vedel; Alan Irwin; Julia Kirch Kirkegaard; Xiaobai Shen; Xuan Li / National Science and Innovation Policy : Between Curiosity, Market, and Mission .
Abstract from EU-SPRI, 2021
Conference abstract for conference > peer review
Paul du Gay; Signe Vikkelsø / Book review:"Crabs in a Bucket"
In: Organization, Vol. 25, No. 6, 11.2018, p. 841-844
Book review > peer review
Frans Bévort (Editor) ; Thomas Duus Henriksen (Editor) ; Anne-Mette Hjalager (Editor) ; Henrik Holt Larsen (Editor) ; Rikke Kristine Nielsen (Editor) ; Signe Vikkelsø (Editor) / Ledelsesdilemmaer : Strejftog gennem faglitteraturen.
Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2018, 228 p. (Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid: Fra komfortzone til konkurrencekraft, Vol. 1)
Anthology > peer review
Rikke Nielsen; Anne-Mette Hjalager; Henrik Holt Larsen; Frans Bévort; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Signe Vikkelsø / Ledelsesdilemmaer : Og kunsten at navigere i moderne ledelse.
København : Djøf Forlag 2018, 220 p.
Book > peer review
Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø / Ledelsesprincipper til en ny tid : Ledelses-dilemmaer og -paradokser.
In: Ledelsesdilemmaer: Strejftog gennem faglitteraturen. . ed. /Frans Bévort; Thomas Duus Henriksen; Anne-Mette Hjalager; Henrik Holt Larsen; Rikke Kristine Nielsen; Signe Vikkelsø. Frederiksberg : Copenhagen Business School, CBS 2018, p. 11-24 (Ledelses-GPS til en ny tid: Fra komfortzone til konkurrencekraft, Vol. 1)
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Public presentation - Ledelseskonferencen
(2 hours, November 7, 2022)

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Center for Ledelse
Key lecture ("Fremtidens organisationsformer")

Swedish Research Council
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